I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Neat Joes

This post is dedicated to someone very near and dear to me, her name is Christine. Chrissy as I more lovingly call her who has been a part of my family for many years now.
Chrissy helps me to unlock some of the many memories that I have stored deep inside of me. One day when we were having one of our infamous conversations she had brought up my grandfather whose name is Joe “Peepa” as I lovingly call him. As we talked about my grandfather for awhile I was remembering what a neat man that he was and Chrissy said that’s too bad cause then you could have written a post about Sloppy Joes. Then I remembered that he actually did like Sloppy Joes. So I thought even neat Joe’s eat Sloppy Joe’s we both had a good laugh.
So here is to all the neat Joe’s out there, my Peepa who is watching me from up above and to Christine my earth bound angel.

Sloppy Joes For The Not So Sloppy

1 lb. hamburger
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon mustard
1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
1/4 tsp. of onion powder
1/4 cup brown sugar (add more or less to taste)
1/4 cup ketchup
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown your hamburger add onions and green peppers. Drain off grease and add remaining ingredients and simmer slowly to desired thickness and flavor.

FYI- The thicker you make them, the neater they are to eat!


Little Old Liz said...

That HAS to be the best homemade Sloppy Joe sauce recipe I have ever used or tasted! It's heating through on the stove as I type this. Thank you for posting what's for dinner tonight.

Tom Aarons said...

This one looks really tasty. And I love the idea of a neat sloppy joe!

Julie said...

Thank you, Tom

Julie said...

Thank you so much, Little Old Liz I am so glad that you are enjoying it.

Judy said...

That sounds yummy. I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe and a cute story.

Carla said...

Mmm I love homemade sloppy joes. So much better than that canned sauce crap! Although mine never turn out very neat lol

Julie said...

That is okay, Carla sometimes sloppy food just tastes better lol

Julie said...

You are very welcome, Judy

Little Ol' Liz said...

Julie -
This is my favorite. There's a triple batch simmering on the stove (again!).
Many thanks for a timeless classic recipe I turn to often.


Julie said...

You are so welcome Little Ol' Liz.